[NTC INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT]Fernando Arce Jr., whose father of the same name is a former Mexican international, is among 20 players U.S. under-20 men’s national team head coach Tab Ramos named for the 2014 NTC Invitational Tournament July 14-18 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, Calif.
Arce, 17, is one of three players from Mexican club Tijuana called in for the tournament. He debuted for Xolos last season, his father's last at the club before his transfer to Guadalajara.Paul Arriolawas a regular for Tijuana last season, his first as a pro, while John Requejo recently signed with Xolos after finishing high school.
Twelve players are back from the U-20 team that helped the team to a second-place finish in the Gordon Jago Super Group at the 2014 Dallas Cup.
The U-20s will play Chile on Monday and Bermuda on Wednesday before closing out play against against Australia two days later in a game to be streamed on ussoccer.com at 10 p.m. ET.
U.S. U-20 Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2):Santiago Castano (New York Red Bulls), Zack Steffen (Univ. of Maryland)
DEFENDERS (7):Michael Amick (UCLA), Conor Donovan (Carolina RailHawks Academy), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Univ. of Maryland), Shaquell Moore (FC Dallas Academy), John Requejo Jr. (Tijuana/MEX), Caleb Smith (Solar Chelsea), Jesus Vasquez (Tigres/MEX)
MIDFIELDERS (6):Fernando Arce (Tijuana/MEX), Russell Canouse (Hoffenheim/GER), Marco Delgado (Chivas USA), Romain Gall (Lorient/FRA), Lynden Gooch (Sunderland/ENG), Jacori Hayes (Wake Forest Univ.)
FORWARDS (5): Paul Arriola (Tijuana/MEX), Bradford Jamieson (LA Galaxy II), Benji Lopez (Arizona United), Andrija Novakovich (Reading/ENG), Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union)